Friday, 14 October 2011

Fabulous Fast Food - Chicken and Mango Salad

No photo here - I made it but then I ate it - at the time I was just too tired to think about whether you might like to know what it looks like!

When I'm really tired, I sometimes get tempted by "fast food" - aka something that used to be food before it got dunked in a bucketload of fat and salt, and is now actually toxic.  I'm tempted, because, it seems easier to just pick something up. That's why I keep so many meals in the freezer. I also have a few favourite "make it up in five minutes" recipes, that can get me out of trouble. This is real "fast food", in that I can have it quickly (perhaps even more quickly than going to a "fast food restaurant") but it still has actual worthwhile nutritional value.

This is one of those things you can whip up really quickly if you're tired. (I had one of those days yesterday - picked up the ingredients on the way home from doing perhaps a little more than I should have at church. I assembled the meal in under five minutes. I used pre-cooked barbecued chicken from the supermarket - but it's also a good way to use up left-overs.

Since spring is here, and after our floods in January, which followed so many years of drought, the fresh fruit and veges are quite amazing and fairly inexpensive if you know where to shop. The mangos have started coming out and have been just wonderful.

A nice mango makes a great dessert or a snack on its own - but it also goes really well in a lovely fresh salad.

So here's the recipe. (I confess, I had this at a coffee shop once, and stole the recipe to use at home over, and over, and over again.)

Chicken and Mango Salad
1/2 packet pre-packed washed salad leaves/garden salad ingredients from supermarket
1/2 cup diced cooked chicken (no skin!)
6 cherry tomatoes
1 small mango, peeled, seeded and diced
15g cashews
1 tablespoon oil-free salad dressing (French or Italian is really good.)

Pile your salad ingredients on the plate, pour over the dressing and it's done.
Serves 1 very tired, hungry person. (Or share with a friend if you're not so hungry.)

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